I haven't been active on GT Talk since around November, but I was thinking this could spark an interesting discussion.
Hydrostatic or manual? Which is your favorite, and why?
For me I think I prefer a hydro, hydro lift and aux. ports are a huge advantage. They're also great for mowing the lawn, but there is just a certain rugged "feel" to a manual that is appealing to me. Manuals are no fuss last forever sort of things, but hydro gives you all the luxuries without the need for a external pump.